Originally posted by John Pannozzi:
Is it just me, or the show's staff seem to really hate, or at least overlook, Amy. I mean they barely talk about her in the commentaries even if it's an Amy-centric episode, they barely used her in 4ACV eps. which is sad since she was a fairly big part of the 3ACV season, and she wasn't in the game.
Yes, the staff really loathes her. In fact one of the dark secrets of Futurama is how Lauren Tom was virtually ostracized from the set by a tightly nit clique of writers, directors and voice cast who harboured a badly concealed hatred for everything connected with the Martian intern. You wont find any evidence of this on fansites though, becasue they're all in on the conspiracy too, and, yes, that even includes ANSTATMAW! I'm probably gonna be kicked out of TLZ for saying this, but I can't keep this horrible secret anymore. It's eating me up inside! The truth will set me free!!
Okay, now onto something more reliable. Face it John, Amy is a supporting character. Fry, Leela and Bender are the main focus of Futurama, with the rest of Planet Express, Zapp, Kif and Nixon as supporting characters. Then you have recurring characters like Morbo, Linda, Elzar, etc. and finally at the bottum irregular characters. Amy isn't being overlooked, she's fulfilling exactly the role she was created for. She had a few episodes centered on her, a couple of running jokes, a plotline (her relationship with Kif (and it came at the expence of destroying Kif as a sarchastic, competent sidekick for Zapp
)), etc. Averall I'd say she did pretty well, had about the same screen time as Zoidberg and Hermes, and only a smidge less than Farnsworth. Don't believe me? Then look at this handy character possesion chart
put together by the guys over at WEFNZ. While it doesn't cover the entire run, a third of the episodes is a good indicator.
Buttom line: the "Amy is ignored and forgotten" theory is a myth.
As for commentaries, evan and Hedonism Bot pretty much nailed it. Though West talk about Amy 4 or 5 times.
Originally posted by Cyberman:
Leela sures hates her.
Not really. There might have been a short period in the 2ACV run, where Leela had a bit of antipathy for Amy, but mostly I see their relationship as one of sibling rivalry and friendly banter/teasing. Workplace banter are pretty common, and many of the Leela/Amy oneliners would fall under that cathegory.